Google brings back Security Checkup reward scheme just in time for Safer Internet Day

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In preparation for Safer Internet Day which is will take place tomorrow Tuesday, February 9, Google has brought back its popular free storage reward. If you happened to miss the celebration last year, the search engine giant offered all users 2GB of additional Drive space to participate in a simple security checkup. The same scheme will run this year, but a couple of extra steps have been added in order to make your account more secure than ever before.

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New VR headset from Google to expand audience

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Declaring virtual reality to be “too important and too powerful a medium to be accessible to only a few” in an interview last month, Google’s Clay Bavor is ready to see the search giant broaden their front in the virtual reality market with the introduction of a new headset. Google already has a virtual reality headset, the Google Cardboard platform, which can literally be constructed out of cardboard. However, the company is now working on a new device with plans to embed VR support into the Android operating system. Read more

Verizon may scoop up Yahoo to join AOL in content portfolio

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Last week Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam appeared on CNBC and revealed the wireless carrier is interested in acquiring at least some assets from Yahoo. The revelation comes as Yahoo edges closer to the brink of failure. Last week Yahoo’s earnings report included language indicating the company was considering alternatives that many believe include selling assets or some type of merger deal. Verizon’s interest in Yahoo could be coming at a good time for Yahoo. Read more

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 update brings bugfixes, latest security patches and optimized performance

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If you are rocking a Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910V) courtesy of Verizon, you’ll be glad to find out that the U.S. carrier is in the process of rolling out an update to your handset. While the new firmware, that bumps the Note 4 up to software version LMY47X.N910VVRU2BPA1, is still based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (boo-hoo!), the update is said to include performance tweaks, the latest security patches, as well as some bug fixes. We have the changelog after the break. Read more

Samsung’s S Pen could soon double as a kickstand according to a trademark application at the USPTO

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note range of smartphones is famous for introducing us to the S Pen, a smart stylus that has grown more useful with every new iteration. Before the Note 5 was announced last year, we had rumours stating that the Note 5’s S Pen would eject by itself when prompted to by the handset’s firmware, and this year? Well, this year it could well be that the S Pen will double as a kickstand. Read more

OnePlus 2 is permanently discounted to $349/£249

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If you’ve thought of buying a OnePlus 2, but the $389 price tag was a little too rich for you, today could be the day you have been waiting for. OnePlus announced a little earlier today that the OnePlus 2 will be permanently reduced in price to $349/£249/€345, giving a saving of $40/£40/€54. And, if you purchased the handset at the higher price in the last 15 days, don’t fret, OnePlus has promised to refund the difference.

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